US democracy 'under assault by Donald Trump' after James Comey firing

From left Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Counterterrorism Center Office of the National Intelligence Nicholas J. Rasmussen are sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the Sen

Why Was James Comey Fired? President Trump Contradicts His Team

The party members have called for a special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation issue, and the White House, in turn, has said that a special prosecutor in the case is not required.

Legal experts say President Donald Trump's statement that he had conversations with former FBI Director James Comey regarding the bureau's Russian Federation investigation could be improper, NBC News reported.

And they're not wasting time. That leaves the investigation by the Senate intelligence committee, which has continued relatively drama-free, but any recommendations will still need signoff from a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

John Cornyn, 65, is the number two Republican in the Senate. He's been deeply involved for years in FBI efforts to fight terrorism, serving in supervisory roles in Iraq and Afghanistan and later overseeing FBI worldwide terrorism investigations as a section chief.

During a press briefing, ABC's Jonathan Karl asked, "Isn't it true that the president had already chose to fire James Comey, and he asked the Justice Department to put together the rationale for that firing?"

Fisher formerly served as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

Among those interviewed was McCabe, though it's not clear how seriously he's being considered.

Critics have assailed Trump for abruptly dismissing Comey, who was leading the agency's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump presidential campaign. Spicer was serving his U.S. Navy Reserve duty.

-Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's highest court. He was appointed by Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2012 to investigate World Cup bidding contests, then resigned after he said the global soccer organization had mischaracterized a lengthy investigative report he had produced. Political observers noted that former President Richard Nixon resigned after the House Committee on Judiciary approved three articles of impeachment including abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and contempt of Congress in connection with the Watergate scandal.

McCabe also pointed out the remarkable nature of Trump's version of his conversations with Comey.

- Andrew McCabe, the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Following the meeting, Warner said he "still has concerns" about Rosenstein, while Burr refused to say whether he has confidence in Rosenstein to oversee the Justice Department's Russia-related investigations.

"What I did is I was going to fire Comey - my decision", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt. Some senior officials have discussed nominating Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who ran the House committee that investigated Secretary of State Clinton's actions in connection with the 2012 attack on a USA compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Democrats have raised an outcry over the dismissal of Comey, who as FBI chief was in charge of the investigation into Russian meddling in the US election.

Senate rules requiring unanimous consent or 60-vote thresholds on various procedural or legislative steps give Democrats the ability to slow the Senate to a crawl and delay committee hearings.

But during that time, it was reported that Flynn sat in on highly classified White House strategy sessions, including meetings and phone calls with foreign leaders, and in one case, a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

November 8, 2016: Trump is elected president. Graham said under the circumstances he wouldn't be able to support his colleague Sen.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's office has confirmed to Senator Schumer's office that Mr. Rosenstein will come to brief the full Senate next week", Schumer spokesman Matt House said in a statement.

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